KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Prime Minister
Baburam Bhattarai on Friday said that the five-point agreement signed
between the major political parties on May 3 is no more relevant
following the dissolution the Constituent Assembly (CA).
Talking to a select few media persons at his residence in Baluwatar on
Friday, the prime minister also said that the Nepali Congress (NC) will
not necessarily be led the new government.
Bhattarai´s remark comes at a time when NC has been staking claim to
leadership of the new government as per the five point deal. Major
political parties in the five point deal had agreed to allow NC to lead
the unity government after finalizing the new constitution.
"Any party can lead the government formed on the basis of political
consensus," said Bhattarai, adding that the five point agreement is no
more relevant. The prime minister also suggested alternatives to
resolve the current political deadlock - reviving the five-point
agreement and resolving outstanding issues of the constitution drafting
or reinstating the dissolved CA. He was, however, quick to add that
there was no possibility of CA reinstatement.
"I don´t see any possibility of reinstating the CA as the Nepali
Congress and the CPN-UML have backtracked on the issue of federalism,"
said Bhattarai. Instead, he suggested that the parties could reach a
“gentlemen´s agreement” on contentious issues of constitution making and
hold a fresh election to the Constituent Assembly. The elected body
would complete the remaining tasks of constitution writing within six
months and act as parliament for the remaining tenure, he said, adding,
“A new date for holding CA polls can be announced through consensus
between the political parties.”
The prime minister also expressed his displeasure over recent media
reports that have cast him in a negative light. Stating he is not a
“power hungry politician” he said he would step down once the political
parties reach political consensus.
Bhattarai also informed that the government has already formed a team
led by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar
to hold talks with the opposition parties.
Urging the political parties to help implement the 12-point deal, he
said, "The country will face a serious crisis if we fail to complete the
Countering allegations against the government, the prime minister said
that government was preparing to introduce law entitling state
facilities to former presidents and prime minister only to regulate
He also expressed displeasure over media reports labeling the government
as anti-national for signing Bilateral Investment Promotion and
Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with India and preparing to hand over
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